Encounter#2 - Blake Lively

It was late 2013 when I thought  our Journey  was all coming to an inevitable end after the series of failed campaigns.   Not only I was broke.... but it just seemed insurmountable.  

It was a cold winter night & I felt defeated.  And I am sure I had a few drinks....I remember looking at the wall and our Logo.
Only then, I realized It had always been about the “Profit” rather than the “Beauty”. 
I knew I would have a lot of regrets down the road if I were to fail.... to fail without ever  trying the other route.  So we began the upgrade on everything.. not only the materials, but our approach to the bag making as well.  

Sandast Studio

Sandast Studio

And one day in Spring 2014, a friend called me and said.. “Chris, I have a friend in a movie production and they are looking for some classic travel bags... so I told them about you. If you have some few extras, just send them to this address. What do you have to lose?” She had a point and we had the new Christopher made on that day. So we sent it to her.

Christopher in Cognac - Angie’s.

Christopher in Cognac - Angie’s.

 We felt we were doing the right thing. For the 1st time, there was a joy & pride when each new bag was made. However, as our finance had gotten worse & worse, I felt lost, vulnerable, and second guessing the decision.  

Then, I received the news that Christopher Travel was chosen and soon after, I received an email from Blake. She had some kind things to say about Christopher and would like to invite Sandast as her artisan on her new retail platform, “Preserve”.

Bond Briefcase in English Tan. 3 years old.

Bond Briefcase in English Tan. 3 years old.

Of course, Blake’s endorsements and having us on her retail platform had an immediate & positive effect on our finance, but more importantly, she felt like the bright “North Star” that was encouraging us that we were on the right path . & We just kept on focusing on our quality.

James Tote Braided Cognac

James Tote Braided Cognac

In that regard, we feel forever indebted to her.  Out of all the kind advices and generosity she has shown us, this one meant the most as it gave us a hope & strength.

 “Chris, your work is amazing. Have a faith!”.  

Dear Blake,

Thank you very much for your help & kindness. We know our Journey would have long ago ended if it had not been of your help. We thank you sincerely & delightfully and would like to wish you & your family...

Happy New Year!